Continuous No-print-through Bipolar Phase-Sheet Wavefront Corrector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-1153
Agency Tracking Number: F071-224-3045
Amount: $99,944.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-224
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
3 Preston Court, Bedford, MA, 01730
DUNS: 101184950
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Travis Simpkins
 Sr. Research Scientist
 (781) 275-3100
Business Contact
 Cardinal Warde
Title: Director of Research
Phone: (781) 275-3100
Research Institution
The goal of this SBIR Phase I program is to demonstrate the feasibility of a low-cost, large-bipolar-stroke, high-resolution, VLSI-chip-driven, continuous phase-sheet deformable mirror (with no support-posts) for adaptive-optics wavefront correction for below-the-weather unmanned aerial vehicle satellite communications systems. The proposed device architecture integrates a high-voltage VLSI driver chip with a free-standing reflective membrane-mirror sheet with no support posts, so that the possibility of print through from support posts is eliminated. This MEMS-on VLSI design approach is expected to lead to compact, low-cost, low-weight and low-electrical-power-consumption devices. The ultimate program goal is a device with 10,000 pixels, framing at 5 kHz and costing $5,000 in small quantities.

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